What is an Order of Protection?
It is an order issued by the court to provide victims of Domestic violence, who are in immediate and present danger of domestic abuse, protection. The order will restrict the abuser from having contact with the victim and is enforced by the police.
Who can get an Order of Protection?
- Spouse or ex-spouse of the abuser
- Current or prior household member
- Immediate family member
- Any adult family or household member on behalf of a minor
- Persons having a child together
- Persons who are presently or in the past have been in a dating relationship
How do I obtain an Order of Protection?
A petition for an Order of Protection may be filled out at the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. The petition will then be submitted to a judge for approval.
Is there a fee for filing a Protection Order?
There is no fee. However if you do not appear in court or ask the petition to be dismissed you may be assessed a fee.
Can an Order of Protection be enforced in another state?
Yes, the full faith and credit provision of the Violence Against Women act states that the order must be enforced throughout the country.
Can I have a Permanent Protection Order dropped?
If you decide you no longer need the Order, you must ask the court to withdraw the order.
What is the difference between an Order of Protection, a No Contact Order, and a Restraining Order?
An Order of Protection is an order issued by the court to protect victims of Domestic Abuse. The court issues a No Contact Order once criminal charges have commenced. A Restraining Order is an order obtained by a private attorney. The Prosecutor’s Office does not issue Restraining Orders.